Women behaving badly

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Dec 15 07:42:57 PST 1998

>As a sufferer of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a horribly misnamed disease), I
>should try to explain why we do get so angry at being told that the disease
>is psychological. Showalter is just another of a long list of academics
>(mostly male) and medical doctors who have minimized our suffering as
>'hysteria'. One academic claimed that it was a way for women (mostly
>professional) to escape a workforce that was too much for them...
>Whatever Showalter's intention in her statements, she's given credence to a
>movement that is, as Louis' piece showed, an attack on victims. This is so
>reassuring for all of us who have constantly survived not only our illness
>but these attacks as well. Perhaps she can also invent the miracle
>pschological cure for us all.

Very eloquently argued...

Brad DeLong

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